This auction is for an original © 1911 1ST EDITION of "PETER AND WENDY" by J. M. Barrie, as published by Grosset & Dunlap.
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The first appearances of TINKER BELL, WENDY and CAPTAIN HOOK are in this book, which became the basis for Walt Disney's Famous animated film and many other movies, such as "Hook."
Before there was DISNEY'S Peter Pan, there was the original play and novel, "PETER AND WENDY," about a mischievous boy who flies and supernaturally refuses to grow up.
Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the "Lost Boys," featuring fantastical elements including interaction with magical fairies, pirates and mermaids, and from time to time meeting ordinary children from the world outside sharing his adventures with the young girl, Wendy Darling and her brothers.
Barrie never described Peter's appearance in detail, leaving much of it to the imagination of the reader and the interpretation of anyone adapting the character.
Barrie mentions that Peter Pan still had all of his first teeth. He describes him as a beautiful boy with a beautiful smile, "clad in skeleton leaves and the juices that flow from trees." Peter is mainly an exaggerated stereotype of a boastful and careless boy. He has a nonchalant, devil-may-care attitude and is fearlessly cocky when it comes to putting himself in danger.
Peter has an effect on the whole of Neverland and its inhabitants when he is there. Barrie states that the island wakes up when he returns from his trip to London. The chapter "The Mermaid Lagoon" touches on the fact that there is almost nothing that Peter cannot do. He is a skilled swordsman, rivaling even Captain Hook whose hand he cut off in a duel. He has remarkably keen vision and hearing. He is skilled in mimicry, copying the voice of Hook and the tick tock of the Crocodile.
In Peter and Wendy, Barrie states that the Peter Pan legend Mrs. Darling heard as a child was that when children died, he accompanied them part of the way to their destination so that they wouldn't be scared.
The story was written by Scottish playwright, novelist and dramatist, Sir J. M. Barrie, 1st Baronet, (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) who is best remembered for creating Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up, whom he based on his friends, the Llewelyn Davies boys. One of the best entrances to the inner world of childhood fantasy has always been through a study of stories that have proved, over the years, to be long-term favorites with the young. In cases where children seem genuinely gripped by a story, demanding to hear it over and over again or re-enacting it afterward in their imagination or with their friends. One can only assume that, to be able to work up this level of interest in the first place, such a story must be expressing something of major importance to the child. This story has appealed to both young and "young at heart" for almost 100 years.
The illustrations in this book are from the 1924 Paramount Pictures adventure silent film Peter Pan, the first film adaptation of the play by J. M. Barrie. It was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred BETTY BRONSON as Peter Pan (personally selected for the role by Barrie himself), Ernest Torrence as Captain Hook, Mary Brian as Wendy, and Virginia Browne Faire as Tinker Bell. Anna May Wong, a groundbreaking Chinese-American actress, played the Indian princess Tiger Lily.
Even though Barrie wrote additional scenes for the film, Brenon stuck largely to the stageplay.
The film closely follows the plot of the original play, and even goes so far as to incorporate much of its original stage dialogue in the intertitles. Added scenes include Nana the dog pouring out Michael's medicine and giving him a bath, and Nana bursting into the home at which a party is being given, to warn Mr. and Mrs. Darling that Peter Pan and the Darling children are flying around the nursery. Like the original play and several other versions, and unlike the 1953 Disney film, the 1924 version makes it clear that Wendy harbors a romantic attachment to Peter, but Peter, to Wendy's annoyance, only thinks of her as his mother. The film omits the scene An Afterthought, which Barrie wrote after the play was staged, and in which Peter returns for Wendy, only to find that years have passed and that she is now a married woman with a daughter.
Published ca. 1924, this classic book is in VERY GOOD+ CONDITION! for any age and especially to be almost 88 YEARS OLD!!! ALL PAGES ARE PRESENT!!! and tightly bound with NO TEARS!!! There are no intext markings; however, there is a Christmas gift inscription on the front fixed endpaper from dated 1925. It measures 5 1/2" X 7 3/4" and is complete with 220 pages.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Barrie created Peter Pan in stories he told to the sons of his friend Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, with whom he had forged a special relationship. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies' death from cancer came within a few years after the death of her husband. Barrie was named as co-guardian of the boys and unofficially adopted them. The character's name of PETER PAN comes from two sources: Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the boys, and Pan, the mischievous Greek god of the woodlands. It has also been suggested that the inspiration for the character was Barrie's elder brother David, whose death in a skating accident at the age of thirteen deeply affected their mother. The death was "a catastrophe beyond belief, and one from which she never fully recovered." If Margaret Ogilvy (Barrie's mother and the heroine of his 1896 novel of that title) drew a measure of comfort from the notion that David, in dying a boy, would remain a boy for ever, Barrie drew inspiration. We think of Barrie as one of the chief explorers of childhood. Yet the childhood that gripped him most tightly was not his own but that of other people; it is almost as if his own did not exist. The souls around him were like books, ripe for perusal, and he preferred their opening chapters. Barrie is also credited with the creation of the name "Wendy," which was non-existent in either Britain or America before he gave it to the heroine of Peter Pan. He was made a baronet in 1913.
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